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Tea With Reshad

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"So, my friend," Reshad said, pouring tea into Llane's cup, "How have you been keeping since last we met?"

 

"I've been well, Reshad," Llane answered, nodding his thanks as he raised the cup to his mouth and took a sip. Percy fluttered over and perched on his shoulder, and Llane held up a nut for the kaliri to munch on. Reshad sighed.

 

"You'll spoil him, you know," the arakkoa said, taking a seat opposite Llane and tossing another stick into the fire.

 

"Maybe he wants to be spoiled," Llane countered, scratching Percy underneath the beak. The kaliri let out a contented warble.

 

Reshad just shook his head. "Speaking of spoiling people, have you been home to see your wife lately?" he asked.

 

Llane shook his head. "Not in a few weeks," he admitted. "There have been a few crises keeping me busy." First Dolraan, poisoned by a Shadow Council assassin, and then Pinapple, taken captive and infected by those R&D bastards... "I do have a letter from her, though," he continued, reaching into his satchel and pulling out an envelope. "Haven't read it yet, though."

 

Reshad spread his wings in the arakkoa equivalent of a shrug. "There's no time like the present, is there?" he asked. Llane chuckled and opened the letter.

 

"Let's see...her mother's driving her up the wall--no surprises there; they're very much alike, so of course they drive each other crazy--she and Annelise baked cookies, and..." His jaw dropped, and he reread the last few sentences again, just to make sure that he wasn't hallucinating.

 

"...and the three of us are doing well. Midwife says the baby's probably about two months along now. Annelise can't wait until you get your next leave!"

 

Reshad looked over in concern, noticing his friend's expression. "Llane?" he asked quietly. "Is everything alright?"

 

Llane nodded, holding the letter to his chest as tears of joy welled from his eyes. "Better than alright, Reshad," he answered. "I'm going to be a daddy!"